Easy Tortilla Soup Recipe

Tortilla Soup Recipe. Great for weeknight meals! I want to start off my saying this is NOT my recipe! It is from one of those old church cookbooks you used to get where people submit their most favorite recipes (that they didn’t come up with either). My mom doesn’t have the cookbook anymore but I do remember it was internationally themed and the recipe across from this one included camels and whole chickens…This is our go-to, super easy Tortilla Soup recipe. Like, SO easy. But it is SO delicious. I’m not a fan of soup. But this one is flavorful, not too spicy and can be dressed up anyway you like it. It is the perfect, fast weeknight meal.

Easy Tortilla Soup RecipeYup, this is it. This is all you need to make the world’s best tortilla soup. The star of the show is Snap-E-Tom. It can be a little hard to find but you NEED it. I’ve tried to make this without it and use other types of tomato and chile sauces. They just aren’t the same. If you are in So Cal, you can find it at Stater Bros. Pick up a few cans when you go. It lasts forever and then you have it for when you want to make this soup. You can order Snap-E-Tom here if you can’t find it at your store. Or, I found this recipe for making your own copycat version although I haven’t tried this out yet. And if I were you, I would try the recipe with Snap-E-Tom first so you know what it is supposed to taste like. I’m not a Bloody Mary drinker but I am sure this would be perfect for that as well.

The only other ingredients you need are the French Onion soup, salsa verde and some water. SO EASY!

Easy and delicious tortilla soup recipe.Open the cans and pour them in to the pan.

The easiest, most delicious tortilla soup recipe you'll ever make. For real. Do NOT skip the Snap-E-Tom. Then you just heat it through until bubbly. That’s it. Stupid easy.

Easy weeknight dinner idea: tortilla soup.We usually just make the soup like this but you could easily add shredded chicken to it if you wanted to bulk it up a little bit more. My oldest son is a picky eater and he loves this soup. The French Onion soup and the Snap-E-Tom give it so much depth of flavor. I’ve heard them say that on the Food Network. I’m certain this soup has it.

Chips and cheese for tortilla soup topping.My mom always made homemade tortilla strips to eat in this soup but I am far too lazy for that. I use the Have’a Corn Chips and they are delicious in it! You can also use shredded jack cheese instead of the cubes but I really like how the cubes get all melty and gooey in the soup. And the cilantro is just to add a little freshness but I know not everyone likes it.

Delicious tortilla soup recipe that is SUPER easy! This is a great meal to make for weeknight dinner guests, or make a bunch of batches for a party. It is inexpensive and tasty. If you know the source for the original recipe, please share it with me! I searched around online but couldn’t find it anywhere!

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Easy Tortilla Soup Recipe
 
This is our FAVORITE and SUPER easy tortilla soup recipe! Add shredded chicken if you need more protein!
Recipe type: Soup
Ingredients
  • 1 (11.5 oz) can Snap-E-Tom (available at Stater Bros. stores and Amazon.)
  • 1 (7 oz) can green chili salsa
  • 1 (10.5 oz) cans french onion soup
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1-2 bags Have's Corn Chips
  • Approx. 2 cups jack cheese, cubed
  • Cilantro optional
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan combine onion soup, water, Snap-E-Tom and green chili salsa.
  2. Cook until bubbly.
  3. Gently break up some corn chips in the bottom of a bowl and add some cubed jack cheese.
  4. Ladle soup over the chips and cheese.
  5. Top with more crushed chips and cilantro, if desired.

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Apple Bourbon Cocktail Recipe

Bourbon cocktailMy husband and I have really grown in to liking bourbon. There is something so warm and comforting about it. And when you get a decent bottle (you don’t have to spend a ton, but definitely don’t choose something from the very bottom shelf) it doesn’t burn as if you are drinking paint thinner. Whiskey drinks are part of our holiday family traditions and so there is a certain level of sentimentality to it as well. It’s still supposed to be winter here (although it really isn’t acting like it) so I thought an apple bourbon cocktail recipe seemed like a good idea. Trust me, we still do bourbon cocktails in summer, but they really are perfect on a winter night.  Even if you are wearing shorts.

Bourbon Cocktail recipe with apple and citrus.This cocktail came about because I found the cutest bottle of apple juice at Target. I mean, how darling is that bottle! I knew I had to use it somehow. And it’s all natural, cold pressed, yada yada yada. It’s more than just a pretty face. And apple juice and bourbon seemed like a really great idea.

Bourbon cocktail with apple juice and citrus.And I LOVE LOVE LOVE fresh citrus in my cocktails. It adds so much to a drink. So to keep it on the wintery side, I added fresh orange and lemon juice. With a touch of amaretto because why not. Amaretto is delicious. And it reminds me of clubbing in my college days when I didn’t know what cocktail to order so I would get an amaretto sour. How classy, right?

Bourbon cocktail recipe with citrusPut it all in a shaker, shake it up and strain over ice. Done. Easy.

Apple Juice and Bourbon Cocktail RecipeThen just add a fun plastic donkey to your glass, because, why not?

Apple juice bourbon cocktailWhat is your favorite way to drink bourbon? I love me a Kentucky mule!  Just use this recipe for a Mexican Mule and swap out the tequila for bourbon!

 

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Apple Bourbon Cocktail Recipe
 
This delicious apple and citrus bourbon cocktail is perfect for those last few weeks of winter where you can cozy up with this by the fire. Or in CA, kick off your flip flops and enjoy the sun.
Recipe type: Cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1½ oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz apple juice
  • ½ oz fresh squeezed orange juice
  • ½ oz fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • ½ oz Amaretto
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Shake well and strain over fresh ice in a lowball glass.

Grapefruit Hibiscus Vodka Soda Cocktail

Grapefruit Hibiscus Vodka Soda RecipeI usually don’t like using odd ingredients. I won’t even make a recipe if it requires some off the wall thing that I’ve never seen at the store. But there is one exception to this rule. Cocktails. I LOVE using unique ingredients in cocktail recipes. So when I saw this Hibiscus Liqueur I knew I had to try it. I also knew that it wouldn’t be overly sweet and would have a bit of an herbal note, which are two of my favorite qualities in cocktails. And grapefruit juice. I’ve grown to love it. So I knew it would be the right pairing to create a Grapefruit Hibiscus Vodka Soda Cocktail.

Grapefruit Hibiscus Vodka Soda RecipePlus I really like the branding on the liqueur bottle. And even though using the label has never lead me to a good wine, which I always hope it will, I decided to give this a shot anyway. This time, I was not disappointed. All the other ingredients are straightforward and fresh. It’s almost ridiculous how simple this cocktail is to make.

Grapefruit Hibiscus Vodka Soda Cocktail RecipeSqueeze your fresh juices (grapefruit and lime – if you don’t have fresh grapefruits use Trader Joe’s grapefruit juice. It’s my fave) in to a shaker. Add your vodka, hibiscus liqueur and agave syrup. Shake, shake, shake it up.  With ice.

Grapefruit Hibiscus Vodka Soda RecipeAnd here is where my crazy comes out. Usually I would strain this into a glass with ice. But on this day, I didn’t like how my ice looked…The drink is chilled from shaking it with ice so it really doesn’t need more, but if you’d like to drink this over ice, please be my guest. Top with soda.

Hibiscus LiqueurThis just opened up a whole new world for me. I think I’m just going to add this to all my favorite cocktails. The deep color adds a nice tone to the cocktail. And it adds flavor without being BAM, in your face.

Grapefruit and lime cocktail idea. I know it’s still winter. Although today was 75 degrees (California, I don’t hate you). But fresh citrus makes it taste like summer in your glass no matter what time of year you use it.

Grapefruit Hibiscus Vodka Soda RecipeSo simple. Pretty. Delicious. Make these.

Grapefruit Hibiscus Vodka Soda Cocktail
 
This super simple cocktail recipe has a fun twist of an unusual liqueur.
Recipe type: Cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 oz. grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed or Trader Joe's)
  • ½ oz. lime juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 1 oz. vodka (or more if you like it on the strong side)
  • ½ oz. Hibiscus Liqueur
  • ½ oz. agave syrup
  • 2 oz. club soda
Instructions
  1. To a cocktail shaker add grapefruit juice, lime juice, vodka, hibiscus liqueur, and agave syrup.
  2. Add ice to cocktail shaker and shake you heart out.
  3. Strain in to a low ball glass (with or without ice).
  4. Top with soda water.
  5. Drink up.

 

 

Iced Tea Bar for BabyShower.com

Set up an Iced Tea Bar for your next baby shower.My latest post for BabyShower.com is up! Head on over to their site to see how I set up a refreshing iced tea bar and what flavorings I used. Hint: they aren’t your average flavors…

Strawberry Mint Moscow Mule #StreamTeam

Strawberry Mint Moscow Mule Recipe. #spon #StreamTeamYou all might remember that I am part of Netflix’s #StreamTeam. As a way to announce their newest animated, original series, The Adventures of Puss in Boots (now playing), they’ve asked us to talk about our own favorite four-legged friends. So I made a Strawberry Mint Moscow Mule recipe for you. “Huh?” you say…

Animals for home decor - Indian elephant and Jonathan Adler ceramic hedgehog.You see, my family doesn’t have any animals. From allergies and renting a home to our lack of interest in caring for animals, we are an animal free home. I guess that isn’t entirely true. I really love my Jonathan Adler ceramic hedgehog my husband got me for Valentine’s a few years ago. And I love this colorful woven elephant I picked up at a Furbish Studio dinner at Alt Summit last year. These are the kinds of animals that thrive in my home. So unless they are electronic or super cute home decor, we won’t be getting animals any time soon. So my favorite animal is a Moscow Mule. I think that totally counts.

Easy strawberry mint Moscow Mule Recipe. #spon #StreamTeamI love a good Moscow Mule but I wanted to do a strawberry variety. I know it isn’t quite strawberry season yet, but the strawberries at my local store looked pretty good so I picked some up to create a twist on one of my fave cocktails.

Mashed strawberries and mint are the perfect way to jazz up a standard Moscow Mule recipe. #spon #StreamTeamAlthough a simple syrup is a really great way to get flavor in to a cocktail, I don’t enjoy the sweetness. So for this, I decided to mash the crap out of them. If I had had a little more time, I would have added just a smidge of sugar and let the berries macerate a bit to produce more juice. But I’m super impatient. I added chopped strawberries to my jar, added a few fresh mint leaves and then smashed them all up with a muddler.

Delicious Moscow Mule recipe with strawberries and mint. #spon #StreamTeamThen I made a pretty standard Moscow Mule but added some of the strawberry smush. If you’ve never made one, you simply add all the ingredients to the cocktail shaker (except the ginger beer – shaking that up would end up with you wearing it due to the carbonation) and shake.

Moscow Mule Recipe with strawberries and mint. #spon #StreamTeamI was super excited to get to try out my new copper mugs that my mom got me for Christmas. LOVE them! Thanks, mommy!

Moscow Mule with strawberries and mint. #spon #StreamTeamJust because we don’t have animals of our own doesn’t mean that they aren’t part of our lives. My youngest son LOVES animals! He lights up when he sees puppies.  He loves to read about all kinds of animals. And he LOVES to watch shows about or staring animals. When he saw the previews for The Adventures of Puss in Boots, he got super excited and asked if we could watch it right then. Netflix is his favorite place to watch shows about animals.

Moscow Mules in Copper Mugs. #spon #StreamTeamHe loves any of the “Buddies” movies, like Snow Buddies. Milo and Otis is a fave.  He only continued to watch Annie because of Sandy. And Air Bud? Forget it. Don’t even try talking to him when that is on.

Strawberry Mint Moscow Mule Recipe. #spon #StreamTeamIf my husband has his way, one day we will probably have an animal. Until then, I’ll just keep the Moscow Mule around.

Strawberry Mint Moscow Mule #StreamTeam
 
If you love a Moscow Mule, you'll love this yummy twist!
Recipe type: Cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1½ oz. vodka
  • ½ oz. fresh lime juice
  • a handful of fresh strawberries
  • a few leaves of fresh mint
  • Ginger Beer
Instructions
  1. In a small jar or bowl, add the fresh strawberries and 4 mint leaves and muddle together.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add vodka, lime juice and strawberry mixture.
  3. Add ice and shake.
  4. Strain over fresh ice in short glass or copper mug (taking care that the strawberry pulp may block the strainer)
  5. Top with ginger beer.
  6. Take 3 mint leaves and clap them between your hands.
  7. Serve with mint leaves on top of the cocktail.

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